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Dr. Delphine Lee, M.D., Ph.D, focuses on the health and wellness of your skin, hair and nails. The skin is the largest and most exposed organ of the body, susceptible to infection, cancer and autoimmunity.  As an expert in how the immune system functions, Dr. Lee emphasizes prevention and early diagnosis.

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  • Dr. Lee and her team's computational analyses leads to robust associations of the skin microbiome with psoriasis using their uniform bioinformatics pipeline and reference database, published in Quantitative Aggregation of Microbiome Sequencing Data Provides Insights into the Associations between the Skin Microbiome and Psoriasis; JID Innovations January 2024 issue.

  • Dr. Lee discusses "What's New in Vitiligo Treatment" at the 2023 CalDerm Annual Symposium on September 23, 2023

  • Dr. Lee chats with Kym Douglas on Your Healthy Dose podcast episode "Getting under your skin" on all things about skin health, sponsored by Saint John’s Health Center Foundation on June 16, 2023

  • Dr. Lee lectures to medical students at  Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine on "Lessons from the study of Large Populations: the powerful value of cohorts" on January 20,2023

  • Dr. Lee lectures at The Sixth Scientific Meeting in Biological Sciences on "The skin and epithelial surfaces: associations of the human microbiome with health and disease" Zacatecas, Zac. México on November 15, 2021

  • Dr. Lee and her colleague Dr. Faries published their new textbook, Practical Manual for Dermatologic and Surgical Melanoma Management, June 22, 2020


Dr. Lee is the Director of the Dermatological Center for Skin Health with expertise in complicated skin rashes and skin cancer. She treats her private patients at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica.  She is also the Chief of Dermatology and Residency Program Director at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. 


Under Dr. Lee’s direction, investigators on her team at the Lundquist Institute are respected researchers whose expertise extend well beyond cancer, allowing them to draw parallels between the inappropriate immune responses causing diseases: both cancer and non-cancerous.  A key focus of her laboratory is to investigate how microbes and other small molecules affect antitumor immune responses and autoimmunity/autoinflammation. Research involves cutting edge basic science and computational techniques to study and manipulate the immune system in melanoma, breast cancer, and other inflammatory skin conditions.

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